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Images like this one, showing bright wispy streaks thought to be ice revealed by subsidence of crater walls, are leading to the view that Phoebe is an ice-rich body overlain with a thin layer of dark material. Obvious down slope motion of material occurring along the walls of the major craters in this image is the cause for the bright streaks, which are over-exposed here. Significant slumping has occurred along the crater wall at top left. The slumping of material might have occurred by a small...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Crater, What -- Cassini, What...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2483
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These three panels show the first detection of the faint distant object dubbed "Sedna." Imaged on November 14th, 2003 from 6:32 to 9:38 Universal Time, Sedna was identified by the slight shift in position noted in these three pictures taken at different times. Subsequent observations at longer time intervals provided the information necessary to deduce the nature of Sedna's 10,500 year orbit around the Sun. The field of view of each frame is 3.4 arcminutes square, and each pixel is...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Sedna, What -- Sun
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=1503
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Technicians wearing 'bunny suits' to avoid contaminating the spacecraft install radiation shielding on the Genesis spacecraft. They are working in Lockheed Martin's Denver, Colo., highbay facility. The the shielding protects electronic components need from radiation emitted by the Sun. *Image Credit*: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Genesis, What -- Sun, Where...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2547
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Two new Cassini views of Saturn's tumbling moon Hyperion offer the best looks yet at one of the icy, irregularly-shaped moons that orbit the giant, ringed planet. The image products released today include a movie sequence and a 3D view, and are available at http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov [ http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov ], http://www.nasa.gov/cassini [ http://www.nasa.gov/cassini ] and http://ciclops.org [ http://ciclops.org ]. The views were acquired between June 9 and June 11, 2005 , during Cassini's...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Cassini, What -- Moon, What...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=4003
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View of the Northern limb region on Ganymede showing the Galileo Regio region. North is to the bottom of the picture and the sun illuminates the surface from the left. The finest details that can be discerned in this picture are about 6.7 km across. The time is 8:45:09 UT on June 26, 1996. *Image Credit*: NASA
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Ganymede, What -- Galileo,...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2286
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Aerocapture technology could enable future missions to Titan delivering more mass to the moon than with conventional spacecraft technologies. [Such as using chemical propulsion for orbit insertion]
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Titan, What -- Moon
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=4566
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View of the bright limb of Ganymede showing a field of bright rayed craters in the satellites equatorial region and southern hemisphere. North is to the bottom of the picture and the sun illuminates the surface from the left. The finest details that can be discerned in this picture are about 6.7 kilometers across. The Universal Time is 8:45:09 UT on June 26, 1996. *Image Credit*: NASA
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Ganymede, What -- Sun
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2283
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In Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility-2 (SAEF-2), Jet Propulsion Laboratory workers are closing up the metal "petals" of the Mars Pathfinder lander. The Sojourner small rover is visible on one of the three petals. *Image Credit*: NASA
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Mars, Where -- Jet Propulsion...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=1745
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This is a New Frontiers class mission that would use two probes descending to a pressure of approximately 10 bars, and would measure atmospheric composition and dynamics. In addition, it would remote sense down to approximately a pressure of 100 bars, using microwave radiometry.
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Saturn
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=4564
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An artist's impression of Japan's Nozomi orbiter at Mars. Nozomi means 'Hope' in Japanese. *Image Credit and Copyright*: Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Nozomi, What -- Mars
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=482
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This view shows a full-resolution portion of the first image of Mars taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera (HiRISE) on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The spacecraft, launched Aug. 12, 2005, began orbiting Mars on March 10, 2006. The image is of an area in Mars' mid-latitude southern highlands. HiRISE took this first test image from orbit on March 24, 2006, from an altitude of 2,489 kilometers (1,547 miles), achieving a resolution of 2.49 meters (98 inches) per...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Mars, What -- High Resolution...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=4324
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In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, technicians reopen the lander petals of the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2) to allow access to one of the spacecraft's circuit boards. A concern arose during prelaunch testing regarding how the spacecraft interprets signals sent from its main computer to peripherals in the cruise stage, lander and small deep space transponder. The MER Mission consists of two identical rovers set to launch in June 2003. The problem will be fixed on both rovers....
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Mars Exploration Rover 2,...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2204
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Four global projections of the HST Titan data, separated in longitude by 90 degrees. Upper left: hemisphere facing Saturn. Upper right: leading hemisphere (brightest region). Lower left: the hemisphere which never faces Saturn. Lower right: trailing hemisphere. Note that these assignments assume that the rotation is synchronous. The imaging team says its data strongly support this assumption -- a longer time baseline is needed for proof. The surface near the poles is never visible to an...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST),...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2110
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Deep Space 1, which has already completed a highly successful mission testing a number of advanced spacecraft technologies, passed inside the mostly unknown environment just 2,000 kilometers (about 1,200 miles) from the nucleus of comet Borrelly on Sept. 22, 2001. *Image Credit*: NASA/JPL
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Deep Space 1
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2195
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Thor-Able I with the Pioneer I spacecraft atop, prior to launch at Eastern Test Range at what is now Kennedy Space Center. Pioneer I launched on October 11, 1958, the first spacecraft launched by the 11 day old National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Although it failed to reach the Moon it did transmit 43 hours of data. *Image Credit*: NASA
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Moon, Where -- Kennedy Space...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=1805
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Animations aid scientists in better understanding how the turbulent atmospheres of giant gas planets like Jupiter work. Recent studies explain that clouds do not behave the same way on gas planets as they do on Earth.
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Jupiter, What -- Earth
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=127
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Phoebe delivers on its promise to reveal new wonders to Cassini by showing probable evidence of an ice-rich body overlain with a thin layer of dark material. The sharply-defined crater at above center exhibits two or more layers of alternating bright and dark material. Imaging scientists on the Cassini mission have hypothesized that the layering might occur during the crater formation, when ejecta thrown out from the crater buries the pre-existing surface that was itself covered by a relatively...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Cassini, What -- Crater, What...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2463
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This image of Sachs Patera on Venus is centered at 49 degrees north, 334 degrees east. Defined as a sag-caldera, Sachs is an elliptical depression 130 meters (81 feet) in depth, spanning 40 kilometers (25 miles) in width along its longest axis. The morphology implies that a chamber of molten material drained and collapsed, forming a depression surrounded by concentric scarps spaced 2-to-5 kilometers (1.2- to-3 miles) apart. The arc-shaped set of scarps, extending out to the north from the...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Venus, What -- Earth
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=4623
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Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Mars
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Artist's concept of Mars Odyssey mapping mission. *Image Credit*: NASA
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Artist's concept of Mars Odyssey orbit insertion. *Image Credit*: NASA
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Mars
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Technicians remove one of the circuit boards on Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. To gain access to the spacecraft, its lander petals were reopened and its solar panels deployed. A concern arose during prelaunch testing regarding how the spacecraft interprets signals sent from its main computer to peripherals in the cruise stage, lander and small deep space transponder. *Image Credit*: NASA/JPL/KSC
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER),...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2205
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After becoming the first spacecraft to enter Saturn's orbit, Cassini sent back this image of a portion of the planet's rings. It was taken by the spacecraft's narrow angle camera and shows the sunlit side of the rings. *Image Credit*: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Cassini, Where -- Jet...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2643
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A parachute for the Galileo spacecraft's atmospheric entry probe is tested in a wind tunnel at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia. Galileo consisted of an orbiter and an atmosphere probe that descended into Jupiter's atmosphere on a parachute after being slowed down by a heat shield. The probe entered Jupiter's atmosphere on Dec. 7, 1995. *Image Credit*: NASA
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Galileo, Where -- Langley...
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Retrieving the Sample Return Capsule
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Stardust Capsule
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The Mars 96 orbiter is assembled and ready for launch. *Image Credit*: DLR Institute of Planetary Exploration
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Mars 96 Orbiter
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2584
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The interior of a crater surrounding the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity at Meridiani Planum on Mars can be seen in this color image from the rover's panoramic camera. This is the darkest landing site ever visited by a spacecraft on Mars. The rim of the crater is approximately 10 meters (32 feet) from the rover. The crater is estimated to be 20 meters (65 feet) in diameter. Scientists are intrigued by the abundance of rock outcrops dispersed throughout the crater, as well as the crater's...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Crater, What -- Mars...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=1123
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This animation was made with images captured by NASA's Stardust spacecraft as it flew past comet Wild 2. The spacecraft captured samples of comet dust and snapped some of the clearest images of a comet nucleus ever taken. *Image Credit*: NASA
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Stardust
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=763
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover team reacts after getting the first signals from the Spirit rover on the surface of Mars. Spirit landed at Mars' Gusev Carter at 8:52 p.m. (PST) on Saturday, Jan. 3. *Image Credit*: NASA
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Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=623
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This is a mosaic of the main belt asteroid 253 Mathilde made up of four images returned by the NEAR spacecraft during its flyby. The images were taken on 27 June 1997 from a distance of 2400 km. The portion of the asteroid visible is about 59 x 47 km and the resolution is roughly 300 m. Three large craters can be discerned, one at lower center, one at the top left viewed edge-on, and one at lower right, also viewed edge-on. The crater at center is estimated to be 10 km deep. These large...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Crater
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2043
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The small dot moving slightly off to the left of center in this image is newly-discovered Kuiper Belt object 2004 DW. 2004 DW was found in images taken Feb 17, 2004 (nearly 74 years to the day after Pluto was discovered) by Mike Brown (Caltech), Chad Trujillo (Gemini Observatory) and David Rabinowitz (Yale). They are the same people who found Quaoar in the summer of 2002. 2004 DW is one of the largest Kuiper Belt objects currently known. Initial indications are that it may be over half the...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Pluto, What -- Gemini, What...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=1363
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Cassini's landmark investigation of Saturn's yin-yang moon Iapetus, with its bright and dark hemispheres, continues to provide insights into the nature of this intriguing body. These two views of Iapetus primarily show terrain in the southern part of the moon's dark leading hemisphere -- the side of Iapetus that is coated with dark material. The bright south pole of Iapetus is visible, along with some terrain (at the bottom) that lies on the bright trailing hemisphere. The dark terrain known as...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Moon, What -- Iapetus, What...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=4470
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At 10:33 AM EST on Feb. 14, 2000, the NEAR spacecraft was successfully inserted into orbit around 433 Eros, becoming the first artificial satellite of an asteroid. Just over an hour later, NEAR pointed its camera at the asteroid and took this picture from a range of 210 miles (330 km) above the surface. Mission navigators and operators will use this image and others to be taken later to traingulate on landmarks on the asteroid's surface, precisely measuring position of the spacecraft to plot...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Crater
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=1886
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This natural color image of the limb of Triton was taken early in the morning of Aug. 25 1989, when the Voyager 2 spacecraft was at a distance of about 210,000 kilometers (128,000 miles) from the icy satellite. The largest surface features visible area about 3 miles across. The picture is a composite of images taken through the violet, green and clear filters. The image shows a geologic boundary between a rough, pitted surface to the right and a smoother surface to the left. The change between...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Voyager 2, Where -- Triton
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2145
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Voyager 2 took this photo sequence of Saturn's outer satellite, Phoebe, on Sept. 4, 1981, from 2.2 million kilometers (1.36 million miles) away. The top image is the normal version and the bottom is an enhanced version to increase resolution. This sequence lasts 23.4 hours and contains 35 images. The early images were taken about 43 minutes apart, while the later ones are about 29 minutes apart. There are two significant gaps in the sequence: images 7 and 8 are separated by 2.3 hours and images...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Voyager 2, What -- Earth,...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2364
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This rare color view of Saturn's night side shows how the rings dimly illuminate the southern hemisphere, giving it a dull golden glow. Part of the northern dark side is just visible at top -- the illumination it receives being far less than the south. The unlit side of the rings is shown here. The portion of the rings closest to Cassini is within the dark shadow of Saturn; the bright distant portion is outside the planet's shadow. A crescent Tethys (1,071 kilometers, or 665 miles across)...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Cassini, What -- Saturn, What...
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On June 8th, in a tiny village in Slovakia, Tomas Maruska took a picture that is beyond rare. It shows Venus and the International Space Station (ISS) transiting the Sun at the same time. The double transit was visible only inside a narrow corridor a few hundred meters wide. And it was brief. The space station crosses in the Sun in a split second. Maruska knew when and where to look thanks to the predictions of Thomas Fly, an expert forecaster of ISS transits. The image was taken in the village...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Venus, What -- International...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2545
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This collection of Cassini images provides context for understanding the location and scale of propeller-shaped features observed within Saturn's A ring. Careful analysis of the highest resolution images taken by Cassini's cameras as the spacecraft slipped into Saturn orbit revealed the four faint, propeller-shaped double-streaks in an otherwise bland part of the mid-A ring. Imaging scientists believe the "propellers" provide the first direct observation of the dynamical effects of...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Cassini, What -- Saturn, What...
Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=4344
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NASA's Opportunity rover looks back at the crater where it landed and spent the first two months of its mission exploring exposed bedrock. This area may have been the shore of a shallow sea. The image is the first 360-degree view from the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's new position outside "Eagle Crater," the small crater where the rover landed about two months ago. Scientists are busy analyzing Opportunity's new view of the plains of Meridiani Planum. The plentiful ripples are...
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Evidence from the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer on the Cassini spacecraft indicates that the grain sizes in Saturn's rings grade from smaller to larger, related to distance from Saturn. Those data (right) are shown next to a corresponding picture of the rings taken by Cassini's narrow angle camera. Saturn's rings are thought to be made up of boulder-size snowballs. By looking at the rings with the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer, the size of the ice crystals, or grains, on...
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Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=2703
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The two "spots" in this image are a composite of two images of asteroid 2002 JF56 taken on June 11 and June 12, 2006, with the Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) component of the New Horizons Ralph imager. In the bottom image, taken when the asteroid was about 3.36 million kilometers (2.1 million miles) away from the spacecraft, 2002 JF56 appears like a dim star. At top, taken at a distance of about 1.34 million kilometers (833,000 miles), the object is more than a factor of...
Topics: Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planets, What -- Multispectral Visible Imaging...
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This small ion rocket is being tested inside a vacuum test facility. The test was being monitored by a small camera lens inside the test chamber. Ion rockets are an idea that has existed since the 1950s. They were first used operationally by the Soviet Union and later were employed by American commercial spacecraft and NASA space probes. They provide very low thrust, but are extremely efficient. *Image Credit*: NASA
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A fresh new crater in the center of an older crater basin is shown in this picture (FDS27459) of the surface of Mercury taken March 29, by Mariner 10.
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This side-by-side comparison image shows the Spitzer Space Telescope's Delta II rocket in the late afternoon before launch. On the left is a photograph in visible light, while on the right is a false color infrared image showing the launch vehicle in the way the telescope would see it. The coldest surfaces in the infrared image are blue/black while the hottest ones are yellow/white. The comparison between these two images reveals many interesting features of infrared light. In many places the...
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False-color image of gully channels in a crater in the southern highlands of Mars, taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The gullies emanating from the rocky cliffs near the crater's rim (upper left) show meandering and braided patterns typical of water-carved channels. North is approximately up and illumination is from the left; scale, 26 centimeters per pixel. A link to the full HiRISE image that includes this view is...
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An ion thruster is removed from a vacuum chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., its job done following almost five years of testing. Engineers John Anderson and Keith Goodfellow, from left, are part of JPL's Advanced Propulsion Technology Group. The thruster, a spare engine from NASA's Deep Space 1 mission, ran for a record 30,352 hours, giving researchers the ability to observe its performance and wear at different power levels throughout the test. This information will...
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This image is one of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's first breathtaking views of the martian landscape after its successful landing at Meridiani Planum on Mars. On the left, the rover's mast can be seen in a stowed position. Opportunity landed Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004 at about 9:05 PST. The image was taken by the rover's navigation camera. *Image Credit*: NASA/JPL
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Fully assembled, checked out and fueled for flight, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is ready for encapsulation in its protective payload fairing. Note the protective thermal blankets encasing the spacecraft and the solar arrays stowed at the base. This will wrap up preflight activities in the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility 2 (SAEF-2). Once encapsulated, SOHO will be transferred to Launch Complex 36B on Cape Canaveral Air Station, where it will be mated to the Atlas...
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Viking 1 Lander image of Chryse Planitia looking over the lander. The large white object at lower left and center, with the American flag on the side, is the radiothermal generator (RTG) cover. The high-gain S-band antenna is at upper right. The view, from 22 N, 50 W, is to the northwest. Chryse Planitia is a wide, low plain covered with large rocks and loose sand and dust. The image was taken on 30 August 1976, a little over a month after landing. (Viking 1 Lander, 12B069) *Image Credit*: NASA
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The Delta II rocket carrying the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit is prepared for launch at Kennedy Space Center in Jun3 2003. NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers are designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands,...
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This image captured by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's rear hazard-identification camera shows the now-empty lander that carried the rover 283 million miles to Meridiani Planum, Mars. Engineers received confirmation that Opportunity's six wheels successfully rolled off the lander and onto martian soil at 3:01 a.m. PST, January 31, 2004, on the seventh martian day, or sol, of the mission. The rover is approximately 1 meter (3 feet) in front of the lander, facing north. Immediate science...
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This is a Hubble telescope "family portrait" of Jupiter's four largest moons. Located approximately a half billion miles away, the moons are so small that, in visible light, they appear as fuzzy disks in the largest ground-based telescopes. Hubble can resolve surface details seen previously only by the Voyager space probes in the early 1980s. While the Voyager probes provided close-up snapshots of the satellites, Hubble can now follow changes on the moons and reveal other...
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This image from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows a portion of the heat shield that the spacecraft jettisoned shortly before landing. *Image Credit*: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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The dark-floored crater Khensu is the target of this image of Ganymede. The Solid-State Imaging System onboard the Galileo spacecraft imaged this region as it passed Ganymede during its second orbit through the jovian system. Khensu is located at 20N latitude and 1530W longitude in a region of bright terrain known as Uruk Sulcus, and is about 13 kilometers in diameter. Like some other craters on Ganymede, it possesses an unusually dark floor and a bright ejecta blanket. The dark component may...
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Technicians lower Explorer 1, the first American satellite, onto the launch vehicle's fourth stage motor. This photo was taken in the gantry at Launch Complex 26 at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. *Image Credit*: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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This navigation camera mosaic, created from images taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity on sols 115 and 116 (May 21 and 22, 2004) provides a dramatic view of "Endurance Crater." The rover engineering team carefully plotted the safest path into the football field-sized crater, eventually easing the rover down the slopes around sol 130 (June 12, 2004). To the upper left of the crater sits the rover's protective heatshield, which sheltered Opportunity as it passed through...
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This image set was taken at a distance of 15,000 kilometers (9,300 miles) from Titan and shows two views of an area riddled by mountain ranges that were probably produced by tectonic forces. Near the bottom of the right image, a band of bright clouds is seen. These clouds are probably produced when gaseous methane in Titan's atmosphere cools and condenses into methane fog as Titan's winds drive air over the mountains. It was once thought that these recurring clouds were produced by volcanic...
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A team of scientists have made the first full-rotational Earth-based observations of asteroid (511) Davida. The asteroid measures 320 km (200 miles) in diameter. These images are among the first high-resolution shots of large asteroids.
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In this highest resolution view of the icy, rocky nucleus of comet Borrelly, (about 45 meters or 150 feet per pixel) a variety of terrains and surface textures, mountains and fault structures, and darkened material are visible over the nucleus's surface. This was the final image of the nucleus of comet Borrelly, taken just 160 seconds before Deep Space 1's closest approach to it. This image shows the 8-km (5-mile) long nucleus about 3417 kilometers (over 2,000 miles) away. Smooth, rolling...
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An engineer and a technician check out an ion engine in the Electronic Propulsion Research Building at Lewis Research Center in 1961. Ion engines use electrostatic charge, something like pulling hot socks out of a clothes dryer. The electrostatic charge pushes the socks away from each other. The fuel used by this device is Xenon, a gas that is four times heavier than air. Although ion engines have been around for decades, they were not used by NASA to propel spacecraft until the late 1990s. The...
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This color photo of Neptune's large satellite Triton was obtained on Aug. 24 1989 at a range of 530,000 kilometers(330,000 miles). The resolution is about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), sufficient to begin to show topographic detail. The image was made from pictures taken through the green, violet and ultraviolet filters. In this technique, regions that are highly reflective in the ultraviolet appear blue in color. In reality, there is no part of Triton that would appear blue to the eye. The bright...
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Team members in mission control react as the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft sends back confirmation it safely arrived in orbit at Saturn. *Image Credit*: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Saturn's rings cast threadlike shadows on the planet's northern hemisphere. Note the translucent C ring, and thin outermost F ring. The image was taken with the Cassini narrow angle camera in visible light on May 10, 2004, at a distance of 27.2 million kilometers (16.9 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 162 kilometers (101 miles) per pixel. Contrast in the image was enhanced to aid visibility. *Image Credit*: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
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This pair of images illustrates the ability of multi-parameter radar imaging sensors such as the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-band Synthetic Aperture radar to detect climate- related changes on the Patagonian ice fields in the Andes Mountains of Chile and Argentina. The images show nearly the same area of the south Patagonian ice field as it was imaged during two space shuttle flights in 1994 that were conducted five-and-a-half months apart. The images, centered at 49.0 degrees south latitude...
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Two impact craters surrounded by an unusual ejecta blanket dominate this high-resolution image of the surface of Jupiter's moon Ganymede. NASA's Galileo spacecraft photographed this region as it passed Ganymede during its second orbit through the jovian system. North is to the top of the picture, and the Sun illuminates the surface from the southeast. Nergal, the larger crater, is about 8 kilometers in diameter, while the smaller (unnamed) crater to its west is 3 kilometers across. The craters...
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Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF) prepare the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft for transfer to the launch pad by placing it in a protective canister. The Surveyor spacecraft (upper) is already mated to its solid propellant upper stage booster (lower), which is actually the third stage of the Delta II expendable launch vehicle that will propel the spacecraft on its interplanetary journey to the Red Planet. Once at Launch Pad 17A on Cape...
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This image of the surface of main belt asteroid Eros was taken towards the end of NEAR's descent to the surface from an altitude of 250 meters. The frame is about 12 meters across and shows clusters of rocks and boulders exhibiting varying degrees of burial. This frame shows part of the transition from a rocky area at upper right to a smoother area, known as a "pond", at lower left. The spacecraft landing site was about 15 meters to the lower left of this frame. (NEAR Eros 0157417133)...
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Only moments away from ignition, Atlantis, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 104, and its five member crew are the subjects of concern drawing serious countenance in this scene in the Flight Control Room (FCR) of JSC's Mission Control Center (MCC) Bldg 30. Ascent Flight Director Alan L. Briscoe, monitors the Kennedy Space Center pre-launch activity from the flight director (FD) console, along with Ronald D. Dittemore (center) and N. Wayne Hale, Jr *Image Credit*: NASA
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Luna 13 became the second Soviet spacecraft to successfully soft-land on the surface of the Moon. The probe landed in the Ocean of Storms at 18:01 UT on 24 December 1966, between the Krafft and Seleucus craters at 18_52' north latitude and 62_3' west longitude. Unlike its predecessor, the heavier Luna 13 lander (113 kilograms) carried a suite of scientific instruments in addition to the usual imaging system. A three-axis accelerometer within the pressurized frame of the lander recorded the...
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Marie Curie, the backup for the 1997 Mars Sojourner rover, sits next to a next-generation Mars Exploration Rover in this December 2002 photo. Sojourner went to Mars as part of the Pathfinder mission, which laid the groundwork for the more advanced Mars Exploration Rovers. *Image Credit*: NASA/JPL
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In the South Pacific, south of Late Island along the Tofua volcanic arc in Tonga, the volcanic island Home Reef is being re-born. The island is thought to have emerged after a volcanic eruption in mid-August that also spewed large amounts of floating pumice into Tongan waters and swept across to Fiji about 350 km (220 miles) to the west of where the new island formed. In 2004, a similar eruption created an ephemeral island about 0.5 by 1.5 km (0.3 by 0.9 miles) in size; it was no longer visible...
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This image combining a topographic map viewed obliquely (color portion of image) with a radargram of the subsurface (monochrome portion) shows features of mysterious Martian deposits named the Medusae Fossae Formation. The westward-looking view includes the divide between Martian highlands on the south and lowlands on the north, spanning a range from about 12 degrees south latitude (left edge of image) to 5 degrees north latitude (right edge of image). The deposits of the Medusae Fossae...
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Mariner 4 was the fourth in a series of spacecraft used for planetary exploration in a flyby mode and represented the first successful flyby of the planet Mars, returning the first pictures of the martian surface. It was designed to conduct closeup scientific observations of Mars and to transmit these observations to earth. Other mission objectives were to perform field and particle measurements in interplanetary space in the vicinity of Mars and to provide experience in and knowledge of the...
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An active volcanic eruption on Jupiter's moon Io was captured in this image taken on Feb. 22, 2000 by NASA's Galileo spacecraft. Tvashtar Catena, a chain of giant volcanic calderas centered at 60 degrees north, 120 degrees west, was the location of an energetic eruption caught in action in November 1999. A dark, "L"-shaped lava flow to the left of the center in this more recent image marks the location of the November eruption. White and orange areas on the left side of the picture...
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